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HP Deskjet 1220C Professional Series Printer - "Uninstaller Failed to Initialize" Error Appears When Installing the Printer Driver

Issue:
When attempting to install the HP Deskjet 1220C series printer, the following error appears: Uninstaller failed to initialize. You may not be able to uninstall this product.
Nothing appears to happen after running the uninstaller. All attempts to reinstall the printer driver produce the same error.
Solution
The printer driver must be removed from the system manually. After all the files and registry entries for the printer have been removed, the printer driver and uninstaller should install without errors. After a successful installation, run the uninstaller to ensure all previous installation attempts are completely removed from the system. Then reinstall the driver. The following steps may be used to manually uninstall the printer driver.
 note:
System administrator privileges are required to manually uninstall the printer in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000.
Removing the program group
The following steps may be used to delete the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer program group.
Windows 95 and 98 and Millennium Edition (Me)
  1. Restart Windows.
  2. Right-click Start, select Open, and double-click Programs.
  3. Right-click the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer icon and select Delete.
  4. Choose Yes to confirm sending the icon to the Recycle Bin.
  5. Close all the open windows.
Windows 2000 and NT 4.0 and XP
  1. Right-click Start, select Open All Users, and double-click Programs.
  2. Right-click the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer and select Delete.
  3. Choose Yes to confirm sending the icon to the Recycle Bin.
  4. Close all the open windows.
Removing the Toolbox icon from the Desktop
  1. Right-click the HP Deskjet 1220C Toolbox icon located on the Windows Desktop and choose Delete.
  2. Choose Yes to confirm sending the icon to the Recycle Bin.
Removing the printer from the Printers window
The following steps may be used to remove all the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer icons from the Printers window.
  1. Select Start, Settings, and Printers.
  2. Right-click the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer icon and choose Delete.
  3. When asked to confirm the deletion, choose Yes.
  4. When prompted to delete the printer files, choose Yes.
     note:
    The prompt to delete the printer files will not appear until the last occurrence of the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer is removed from the Printer windows. If there are multiple entries for the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer, repeat steps 2 and 3 until all the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer entries have been deleted.
  5. If warned that the default printer has been deleted, choose OK.
  6. Close the Printers window.
Removing the files used by the printer
The following steps may be used to remove the files used by the HP Deskjet 1220C series printer.
  1. For Windows 2000 and NT 4.0 and XP, select Start, then Run. Type NET STOP SPOOLER and click OK.
     warning:
    Shutting down the print spooler will abort all spooled print jobs for all the printers controlled by the system.
  2. For Windows 95,98, Me and NT, select Start, Find, and Files or Folders.
    For Windows 2000 and XP, select Start, Search, and For Files or Folders.
  3. In the Named box, type HPW8* and choose Find Now.
  4. When the search results appear at the bottom of the window, choose Edit and Select All.
  5. Select File and Delete. When asked to confirm the deletion, select Yes.
  6. Select Yes to All to delete all of the printer driver program files. Close the Find window.
  7. For Windows 2000 and NT 4.0 and XP, select Start, then Run. Type NET START SPOOLER and click OK.
Removing the printer from the registry
The following steps may be used to remove the registry entries for the HP Deskjet 1220C series printer.
 warning:
Extreme caution should be used when deleting entries from the Windows registry. Once a registry entry is deleted there may be no way to restore it. Deleting the wrong registry entry may prevent some applications, including Microsoft(R) Windows, from working properly. Create a backup copy of the registry files and be sure to have a system startup disk available. Before deleting an entry from the registry, ensure that the entry relates specifically to the HP Deskjet 1220C series printer.
  1. Select Start, then Run.
  2. In the Open box, type REGEDIT and click OK.
  3. In the Registry Editor, select Edit and then Find.
  4. In the Find What box, type 1220C and click Find Next.
  5. When an entry is found, ensure it relates to the HP Deskjet 1220C printer. If so, press DELETE on the keyboard and then click Yes to confirm the deletion. To continue searching for additional entries, press the F3 key.
     note:
    Other applications may have registry entries that contain the value 1220C. Before deleting the entry, make sure it references the printer. If unsure whether a registry entry is for the HP Deskjet 1220C printer, do not delete the entry.
  6. Continue searching until a message indicates that the search of the registry is complete, then click OK.
  7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 and search for HPW8 instead of 1220C.
  8. Repeat steps 3 through 6 and search for 82692260-e189-11d2-818a-080009a9c35c.
     note:
    82692260-e189-11d2-818a-080009a9c35c is the Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) for the product. To reduce the time required to search the registry, search for the first few characters in the GUID (e.g. 82692260-e189). However, make sure any entries that are found completely match the full GUID before deleting it.
  9. Repeat steps 3 through 6 and search for VID_03F0&PID_0212.
     note:
    If the printer has never been connected to the computer through a USB port, step 9 may be skipped. The VID (Vendor ID) and PID (Product ID) are used by Plug and Play and the Universal Serial Bus (USB) drivers, along with the products serial number, to uniquely identify which device is connected to through the USB port.
  10. Exit the Registry Editor by selecting Registry and choosing Exit.

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